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# Affirmative action is good business. So asserted the National Associat

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The Official Guide for GMAT Review 10th Edition, 2003

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Question No.: CR 35
Page: 507

Affirmative action is good business. So asserted the National Association of Manufacturers while arguing retention of an executive order requiring some federal contractors to set numerical goals for hiring minorities and women. " Diversity in work force participation has produced new ideas in management, product development , and marketing," the association claimed.

The association's arguement as it is presented in the passage above would be most strengthened if which of the following were true?

(A) The percentage of minority and women workers in business has increased more slowly than many minority and women's groups would prefer.

(B) Those businesses with the highest percentage of minority and women workers are those that have been the most innovative and profitable.

(C) Disposable income has been rising as fast as among the population as a whole.

(D) The biggest growth in the sales in the manufacturing sector has come in industries that market the most innovative products.

(E) Recent improvement in the management practices have allowed many manufacturers to experience enormous gains in worker productivity.
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02 Nov 2004, 12:02
My final vote is for (B).
I was caught between (B) and (D).Will explain if B is the right answer.Even Iam not sure what Affirmative action meant.
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03 Nov 2004, 12:34

The companies trying to discharge its services by doing some ggof to the community by hiring minorities so that they are part of the action may be called Affirmative action. The original leaders wanted to help minorities and wanted businesses to voluntarily help them. In India the closest thing to AA may be reservations (or quotas for minorities) which is not voluntary but forced.

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(B) it is !!

Because the conclusion tells "Affirmative action is good business" and the premises says that executive order require contractors to hire minority and women.

Now to support this argument we need to strengthen the link between the premise and conclusion by showing how minority and women workers increased profits in certain businesses.

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